We examined hair samples collected from 45 cats (18 males and 27 females) at the beginning and at the end of the study, assaying cortisol levels. All subjects were neutered and sheltered in a rescue centre where they lived in groups. Cats were observed daily and social interactions as well as solitary behaviours were systematically sampled. Occurrences of these behaviours, as well as general activity level were then tested against cortisol content. Frequent pheromonal marking activity was positively correlated with general activity level, and both were negatively associated (P<0,04 and P<0,01) with lower amounts of cortisol in the hair.

Stress e comportamento nel gatto domestico (Felis silvestris catus).

ACCORSI, PIER ATTILIO;VIGGIANI, ROBERTA;GAMBERONI, MATTEO;
2009

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We examined hair samples collected from 45 cats (18 males and 27 females) at the beginning and at the end of the study, assaying cortisol levels. All subjects were neutered and sheltered in a rescue centre where they lived in groups. Cats were observed daily and social interactions as well as solitary behaviours were systematically sampled. Occurrences of these behaviours, as well as general activity level were then tested against cortisol content. Frequent pheromonal marking activity was positively correlated with general activity level, and both were negatively associated (P<0,04 and P<0,01) with lower amounts of cortisol in the hair.
Atti LXIII Convegno Nazionale S.I.S.VET.
Accorsi P.A.; Viggiani R.; Gamberoni M.; Carloni E.
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